In other words, you have to think very carefully about the question you are asked to answer.
Be certain to avoid the besetting sin of those weaker students who, fatally, answer the question the examiners should have set – but unfortunately didn’t.
The third year History course combines Scottish, British and World History through units of work along the themes of ‘Industry and Empire’, ‘The Growth of Democracy – Votes for Women’ and ‘International Conflict-World War One’.
Along with the broad range of assessments they have experienced so far in History, students are introduced to more advanced levels of essay writing and source handling skills that will prepare them for the senior phase.
Witnesses in court promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
All history students should swear a similar oath: to answer the question, the whole question and nothing but the question. You can write brilliantly and argue a case with a wealth of convincing evidence, but if you are not being relevant then you might as well be tinkling a cymbal.
We aim to ensure that our students progress into the wider world with a sense of empathy and a desire to know more about who we are and where we came from.
Major achievements History has enjoyed a great deal of success with a high up-take of courses in the senior school and a solid performance in examinations.
Probably no two people will completely agree, if only for the very good reason that quality is in the eye – and reflects the intellectual state – of the reader.
What follows, therefore, skips philosophical issues and instead offers practical advice on how to write an essay that will get top marks.